Sometimes in life, we are faced with situations or decisions that are daunting and overwhelming for us. I liken this to using stepping stones to cross a river. Some of the stones are flat and smooth, and easy to step onto. Some are jagged, and slippery and hard to access. Some are close together. Some are far apart, and you need to be brave and trust yourself when stepping onto them. Sometimes the surrounding water is calm and still. Sometimes the waters are rough and choppy, and you may need to wait for a safe time to progress on your journey. Eventually, however, with patience, faith, and belief in yourself, you make the crossing, and find what you are looking for on the other side. When faced with these difficult situations or life decisions, counselling can help you find a safe path to cross. I understand that there can be confusion about feelings and thoughts and counselling offers you the opportunity to explore these to help you gain greater understanding of yourself. My model will use an integrative approach to counselling. Integrative counselling, as the name suggests, is a combined approach that brings together different elements of specific therapies. I believe there is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations. Instead, I consider each client as a whole and the techniques I use at any given time will be tailored to the client’s individual needs and personal circumstances.
As an integrative counsellor, I am not only concerned with what works, but why it works. I will tailor therapy to individual clients, and not the client to the therapy.
As an integrative counsellor, I will work with clients to ensure that all levels of their mental, physical and emotional health and maximised to their full potential. My work encompasses person centered counselling, with elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Analytical Therapy (CAT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Transactional Analysis (TA), and Gestalt therapy techniques.